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Public Natures

Public Natures

Evolutionary Infrastructures

Edited by Justin Fowler, By Marion Weiss, Foreword by Michael Manfredi


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As elements of the built landscape, works of infrastructure are a means rather than an end. Our cities' rail lines, bridges, highways, waterways and off-ramps are essential in a practical sense, but dead in a social one because they create boundaries that prevent one metropolis from physically connecting with another. Yet their very physical presence reveals hidden qualities key to revitalizing urban life. In Public Natures, New York City–based firm WEISS/MANFREDI tests such possibilities by crafting a hybrid manifesto/ monograph filled with essays, roundtable discussions, and recent projects that explore new opportunities for infrastructure.

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Format: Hardcover
Publication: September 2015
ISBN: 9781616893774
Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi are the founders of the award-winning New York City–based firm WEISS/MANFREDI. Weiss is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Manfredi is the Gensler Visiting Professor at Cornell University.